When Natasha Willings moved to Worcester from her home in Essex to begin her undergraduate studies, she never imagined one day she would be running her own company.
Natasha is the owner of Limitless Learning, a tutoring business, offering one-to-one support for children of all ages who need extra help with their schoolwork.
She began her studies at the University of Worcester in 2011, graduating with a BA (Hons) in History and Sociology in 2014. She then went on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education at the University.
“I was drawn to Worcester for its beauty, tranquillity and the supportive nature of what then was a smaller university community,” she said. “When it came to carrying out my teacher training, I had no doubt that I would want to go to Worcester. It definitely didn’t disappoint; it was the best year of my life.”
After teaching in mainstream education for a period, Natasha decided to set up her own tutoring company centred around engaging, personalised, creative methods to allow all students to excel with their learning.
“It was of great importance for me to make sure that those with Special Educational Needs (SEND) were supported too which is why I looked into other methods such as Multiple Intelligences, game focussed learning and holistic, mindfulness processes to make sure that no student was left behind,” she said. “I am now so grateful for taking this step away from what I knew as my job is super fulfilling, thrilling and focusses on what I love most – supporting young people.”
Natasha said that her time at Worcester prepared her well for her future career. “I have been able to use the subject knowledge of both History and Sociology actively over the last six years to make sure that others who would have been in my position get to learn about the two most brilliant subjects,” she said. “Alongside this, my PGCE allowed me to understand how to utilise the pedagogy of teaching so that my practice is productive and meaningful for the learners. I would do both courses again in a heartbeat.”
Natasha said she would encourage others to follow their dreams.
“Nothing worth having comes easy and learning is exactly the same,” she said. “As long as you are learning something you love, all those nights sleepless nights and blood, sweat and tears will be worth it for you to gain what you wish at the end of it. Third year university and PGCE are by far one of the hardest things that I have done academically but also by far one of my proudest moments so far.”
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